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Respiratory Care Team (Richmond)

The Respiratory Care Team (RCT) provides specialist assessment and case management for patients with long-term respiratory conditions, including COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and bronchiectasis.

The aims of the service are to:

  • Maintain or reduce symptoms

  • Improve functional performance

  • Increase patient and carer education to promote self-management

  • Reduce the risk of exacerbations

  • Help minimise the impact of their condition & maximise quality of life

  • Reduce use of unplanned care, including emergency admissions or re-admissions

 

The service includes:

  • Regular reviews; full respiratory assessment, spirometry, inhaler / medication advice, oxygen screening, self-management advice. (The frequency of reviews is  dependent on severity & stability of your respiratory condition)

  • Exacerbation support, working alongside RRRT with admission avoidance

  • Post hospital discharge reviews

  • Out-patient clinics at Centre House and Teddington Health & Social Care Centre

  • Home visits for housebound  patients

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes at Teddington Memorial Hospital and Richmond Rehab Unit

  • BREATH education sessions for all newly diagnosed COPD patients

  • Home Oxygen Service Assessment and Review (HOSAR)

  

Useful links: 

The British Lung Foundation is a UK charity that promotes lung health and supports people with lung disease www.blf.org.uk 

Psychological support for people in Richmond people with long-term health conditions, including respiratory problems, from Richmond Wellbeing Service:

Team contact details:

Tel: 020 8487 1783 

The team visits patients in their homes. They also offer telephone advice.

Opening times: 

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm

All referrals to the team should be made using the HRCH referral form through the trust's Single Point of Access service.

Referral criteria

This service is for patients:

  • who are aged 18 and over

  • who are registered with a GP within the NHS Richmond CCG area

  • who have a diagnosed respiratory long-term condition – including COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis

Exclusion criteria
  • Breathless patients without confirmed appropriate respiratory diagnosis

  • Asthma

  • Non-respiratory home oxygen assessment and review

  • Hannah Brown:  Respiratory Care Team Physiotherapist

  • Jennifer Blacklock-Allan:  Physiotherapist

  • Sharon Blyth: Therapy Assistant

  • Victoria Wright:  Physiotherapist

  • Rachel Audley:  Physiotherapist